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Customize Your Course image in the Dashboard!

Filed in Miscellaneous by on November 14, 2016 0 Comments
Customize Your Course image in the Dashboard!

Have you been wanting to change the colored square above your Canvas course name?! Well step right up and we’ll show you how! Before we begin – its important to note that Canvas requires Dashboard images that are 262 pixels x 146 pixels. This is oddly specific. We found if we just grabbed any ol’ […]






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What’s going on with myWPI? How do I get on Canvas?

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on September 9, 2016 0 Comments
What’s going on with myWPI? How do I get on Canvas?

We’ve been getting the question a lot lately of “well, how do I even get on Canvas?”  Here’s a “quick start” guide to getting on our new system. TL;DR myWPI will no longer be available after June 30, 2017.  Log in to Canvas at the following URL: https://canvas.wpi.edu, your empty course shells up until D17 […]






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Not receiving emails from Canvas?

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 25, 2016 0 Comments
Not receiving emails from Canvas?

So many instructors got used to the instant copy of any emails and announcements that were sent from Blackboard that we’ve gotten a few calls and emails asking us to verify whether their posts were being received by students. The answer is yes (yay!)! By default, email notifications for announcements and conversations (Canvas email) “created by […]






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How to create Canvas buttons using PIXLR

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 18, 2016 1 Comment
How to create Canvas buttons using PIXLR

Ok! We have gotten a lot of requests on how one can create buttons for their canvas courses themselves. I LOVE that everyone wants to be self sufficient! So here it is – how to create buttons! Before We Start: First – you’ll need to create a free account with PIXLR – https://pixlr.com – and […]






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Caitlin Keller Introduction

Filed in Miscellaneous by on July 25, 2016 0 Comments

Hi everybody!  I’m Caitlin Keller and I’m joining the team as an Instructional Designer.  Most recently, I come from the Franklin Public Schools, where I served as the Digital Learning Specialist for the past school year.  Most of my focus has been on supporting teachers and staff in using technology tools, as well as designing […]






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Get Ready for Echo360’s Active Learning Platform

Filed in Multimedia by on July 1, 2016 0 Comments
Get Ready for Echo360’s Active Learning Platform

As of the Fall semester, WPI will be using a new version of the Echo360 lecture capture system. This new version is called “ALP,” which is short for Active Learning Platform. As it’s name implies, it’s a platform, so the system is capable of more than just recording and distributing those videos via your course […]






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Canvas: Custom Home Page with Buttons

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on June 15, 2016 0 Comments
Canvas: Custom Home Page with Buttons

Are you looking to add some aesthetics and usability to your Canvas course? Consider building a custom home page for your course. Your students will see this home page right away and each button will link them to modules or other areas in the course that they need to go to. This leads to less […]






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Educational Scriptwriting

Filed in Multimedia by on June 1, 2016 0 Comments
Educational Scriptwriting

This spring, after hearing more than one faculty member talk about the challenges of creating video for their online courses, I thought about the virtues of the script. A script helps you plan what you’re going to say. You can look at the script and think – does that fact really belong in this video? […]






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Canvas is coming to WPI!

Filed in LMS by on March 18, 2016 0 Comments
Canvas is coming to WPI!

Last fall, a task force was organized to evaluate what direction WPI should take regarding our Learning Management System (LMS) as Blackboard phases out support for the current version of their product and our contract is set to expire. On behalf of the LMS task force, the ATC is pleased to share the announcement made at […]






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myWPI Accessibility Series: Color and Contrast

Filed in How-to, LMS, Tools for Teaching by on February 18, 2016 0 Comments
myWPI Accessibility Series: Color and Contrast

How often do you think about the use of color in your myWPI course site content? Selecting colors with accessibility in mind will not only improve the experience for users with vision deficiencies like color blindness, but for all students using your course site. In today’s post, we’ll discuss a few ways you can modify […]






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